Railroads to STB: Reject Proposal to Regulate Private Railcar Handling

The Association of American Railroads, plus CSX and Union Pacific, are calling on the Surface Transportation Board to deny a Petition for Rulemaking that would update the demurrage and accessorial rules governing the railroads’ use and handling of privately owned freight cars.

Railcar Owners Seek STB Demurrage, Accessorial Rules Changes

Four organizations representing private freight car owners have petitioned the Surface Transportation Board to institute a rulemaking that would update the demurrage and accessorial rules governing the railroads’ use and handling of their equipment.

AAR, Railinc, Ag Shippers Team on Food Safety

The Association of American Railroads (AAR), Railinc and a coalition of agricultural shippers will launch in late 2021 an online portal that will provide greater visibility into the most recent commodities hauled in covered hoppers.

Senate Commerce Gets An Earful of Rail

The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on Oct. 21 convened a hearing on the state of the U.S. passenger and freight rail network. Railroad, shipping and union representatives provided testimony, which included the impacts of COVID-19, legislative considerations for surface transportation reauthorization, and Amtrak’s ongoing struggles. Senator Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) is Chair of the Committee. Following are highlights from the presenters, with downloadable PDFs of their full written testimony.

Fighting Trump’s border-slowdown threat

Eighteen North American trade associations representing railroads, truckers and their customers that ship between the United States and Mexico have joined forces to tell the Trump Administration and Congress that restricting cross-border trade by either complete shutdown or slowdown, as President Trump has threatened, will have serious, highly damaging economic and social consequences.